East of India, South of China: Southeast Asia in Sino-Indian Encounters

ISBN : 9780199461141

Amitav Acharya
248 Pages
138 x 216 mm
Pub date
Feb 2017
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This volume will explore the role of India and China in regional geopolitics, with a focus on Southeast Asia. It highlights some of the key events and turning points in the evolving equations since the times of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias first prime minister. In six chapters, it shows how Indias prominent position in devising the regional architecture in Asia was diluted after the Bandung era, especially after the Indo-China war in 1962. The author maintains that, relative to its earlier status as a major champion of Asian regionalism, India had become a political and diplomatic non-entity, if not a pariah, in Southeast Asia by the 1980s. While China emerged as the most important political entity in the region over the next three decades, India gradually made substantial inroads into the ASEAN scene, more so after its emergence as a 'rising' power in the post-Cold War era and economic reforms of 1991. This book revisits the question of contemporary Asian security from an Indian vantage point, posing critical questions about the future of regional leadership in Southeast Asia, and demonstrating how it depends as much on the India-China-Southeast Asia relationship as on China-US-Japan relations.


1. The Ideas of Asia
2. From 'Indianization' to 'Look East'
3. Jawaharlal Nehru at Bandung: East vs. West
4. Chou En-lai at Bandung: The Origins of Sino-Indian Rivalry?
5. India and China in Southeast Asia: Competition and Convergence
6. China, India and ASEAN in the Emerging Global Order: Lessons from ASEAN
Conclusion: Alternative Visions of Asia
About the Author

About the author: 

Amitav Acharya holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance, and Chair of the ASEAN Study Centre, School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC, USA.

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